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How To Give A Hand Massage

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Give A Hand Massage

We are used to giving and/or receiving back massages. However, your body is more extensive than just your back and so you can also notice tension or pain in other areas. This can apply to your hands for example. In this article we explain how to give a hand massage. Read on for the steps you need to follow.

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Steps to follow:
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To give someone a hand massage , you need to work out a way to take your patient's hand so you're able to work comfortably. First, both of you need to be sitting comfortably in a chair.

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In order to massage the person's left hand, you need to take hold of their hand. Take hold of their left hand in the space between their little finger and ring finger. Using your right hand, in the space between their little finger and ring finger, grasp the patient's hand in between your index finger and thumb. Thus leaving the patient's hand with their palm facing up.

How To Give A Hand Massage - Step 2
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Conversely, when taking the patient's right hand, the physiotherapist or massage therapist uses the space between the little finger and ring finger of their left hand and grasps between the patient's little finger and ring finger on their right hand. Grasp the space between the little finger and ring finger on the other person's right hand with your right thumb and forefinger.

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Once you have achieved the position we've previously explained, apply cream onto the palm of the hand that you're going to massage. To apply the cream, just give a gentle rub with increasing pressure. You need to apply cream from their wrist to the tips of their fingers.

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Next, press and make small circles with your thumbs across the palm of the person receiving the massage.

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Then hold the patient's hand with one hand and with the other hand, knead each of the patient's fingers.

How To Give A Hand Massage - Step 6
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Next, support the patient's hand with one hand and with the other hand apply continuous pressure from the patient's wrist to the tip of each finger. Apply pressure by using your thumbs, index and middle fingers. Use your thumb in the patient's palm and use your index and middle fingers on the back of their hand. At the end of each pressure, stretch each finger and hold for about 4 seconds.

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To end the massage create some friction over the entire surface of their hands, going increasingly gentler.

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